Yates Community Center’s brick building, 463 North Main Street. Penn Yan
Yogi Merasha Schroeder already leads several yoga classes at the Community Center’s brick building, 463 North Main Street. On Earth Day (weather permitting), she will hold her Gentle Morning class outdoors at 9:30 a.m. Drop-ins are welcome; the cost is $10.
At 11 a.m., the Community Center’s fitness trail at 467 North Main Street will be the site of the region’s first Shinrin-Yoku, or Forest Bathing, walk. Finger Lakes Forest Therapy, based in the Bloomfield - Bristol Hills area, is at the forefront of this increasing popular practice. Unlike traditional trail hikes that emphasize fitness or naturalist education, Forest Therapy walks are leisurely strolls that may only cover a half-mile distance in a three-hour period. During that time, participants are fully immersed in the sights, sounds, smells and textures of the forest. Owners Deborah Denome and Teresa Keyes, both certified by the international Association of Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, facilitate the experience, leading activities, or invitations, for people to connect with nature. There are myriad health benefits of the practice; in Japan, physicians prescribe Shinrin-Yoku for high blood pressure, depression and other health concerns.
The walk will be held rain or shine, and enrollment is limited to 16. Finger Lakes Forest Therapy charges a sliding scale fee of $25 - $45 per person, which can be paid for at FLForestTherapy.com. Participants choose their rate; those who can afford more are paying it forward for those who require financial assistance.
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